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Monday, 16 Tevet, 5779

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Jewish History

On this date, Murad IV, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, recaptured Baghdad from the Persian Shah after a forty-day siege. The Jews of Baghdad, who had suffered under the Shah’s tenure, celebrated this day each year to praise G‑d for rescuing them from Persian rule. According to legend, the Jews assisted in the capture by secretly conveying a message to the Sultan about a breach in the wall through which his forces could enter the city.

Daily Thought

An essential teaching of the Baal Shem Tov:

Be simple, be earnest, and spread that earnest simplicity throughout everything you do.
Simplicity is a receptacle for G‑d’s simple Oneness.